‘A place at the table’: Community members collaborate with us to share cultural heritage

Oak Park resident Dima Ali, who organized a family Ramadan celebration at the Main Library in May

In April, Oak Park resident Dima Ali (pictured above) came to the library with a concern—and an idea. Ramadan was coming up in May, and there were no public programs yet planned at the library to recognize it, this holy month of spiritual reflection and fasting for Muslims around the world.  “There is a need … Read more

Request for Proposals, Instructions, and Specifications for Cleaning Services for the Oak Park Public Library

Main Library

Date Issued: Friday, October 18, 2019Proposals Due: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5 pmOpening and Recording: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 10 am, Main Library, Scoville Room The Oak Park Public Library is requesting proposals to contract for the provision of cleaning services for its three branch locations. All questions regarding this Request For Proposal (RFP) … Read more

Halloween for kids: Spooky titles & upcoming events

Halloween critters

There’s always fun brewing at your library! This October, join us for Halloween-themed events and check out spooky titles available from the library’s digital collection Hoopla. Halloween on Hoopla Read Listen Watch Halloween-themed events Haunted Trails & TalesMonday, October 21, 6:30-7:30 pm, Main Library. Get in the Halloween mood with spooky stories! Families will follow … Read more

‘We are on the right path’: Thoughts on the Restorative Community Practices Conference

“It was love.” That’s how planning committee member Josh Easter summed up last weekend’s Restorative Community Practices Conference—three days of peace circles, panel discussions, workshops, meals, music, and conversation. The October 4-6 conference drew national experts, local activists and teachers, families with children, community leaders, and passionate individuals. Together, we took a deep dive into … Read more

Free mental health assessments available

Free-Mental-Health-Assessments

The library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center is offering free mental health assessments (through prescheduled appointments) for children and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment. To learn more about these free assessments and to schedule an appointment, please … Read more

Inclusion is a driving force behind my library work

Shelley Harris with Adapted Boardmaker book

By Shelley Harris October brings us the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of fall, and has been chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities. It’s a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who process the world in diverse ways, including those who use communication aids to speak, have Down … Read more

Socktober is here! Donations welcome

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

RELATED: Film Screening & Discussion: The Public, October 27 » Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients of Housing Forward and other organizations. It’s our fourth year participating in Socktober. In 2018, thanks to your generosity, we … Read more

Health Literacy Month: Take charge of your health

Because quality information helps you make better health decisions, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Libraries Transform #LibrariesTransform

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. Learn more at health.gov » Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, and more. Plus, join us … Read more

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